Prayer Changes Things: A testimony

On Wednesday, Kelley Hastings shared about the women’s Nocatee prayer group in her post: Praying for Nocatee.  Today, Chets Woman Michelle Arguello shares her testimony about praying for Nocatee and how God is continuing this prayer ministry in the Nocatee community. 

I am excited to have the opportunity to share with you what God has been doing in my life and how I was inspired to continue the women’s prayer group for Nocatee. I have had a heart for the Nocatee campus even before I knew it was going to exist.

At the beginning of this year, my husband and I were praying about what God had in store for us in 2014. We absolutely love Chets, but we were feeling something stirring. We couldn’t shake the exciting idea of helping to start something new. After a few weeks of wrestling with God about this feeling, we both knew we had to start looking for a church plant. We thought about the idea before, but we knew God was telling us it was time. I was sentimental about leaving something I had been a part of for seven years and excited about what God had planned for us in the “unknown”. About a week after that decision was made, Pastor Spike announced that there would be an extension of Chets planted in the Nocatee community! How much more clearly could God speak! We instantly knew that this was the opportunity God had called us to and we wouldn’t even have to give up our Chets family.

We immediately expressed our interest in being involved and I was invited to attend a women’s prayer meeting for the Nocatee community and future campus launch. It was an awesome night as Kelley previously described. I was completely blessed by the fellowship with this group of women and inspired by the connection we all had through this new venture. I couldn’t wait until the next meeting!

Throughout this same time period God had been dealing with me and my prayer life. We all go through natural ebbs and flows in our quiet time with God. My quiet time was becoming anything but quiet. I felt a deep need to start REALLY praying for people. I started a prayer journal and made mental notes about needs my friends casually mentioned in conversation. I started spending my daughter’s nap time in prayer and Bible study instead of watching TV or creating a new board on Pinterest. I felt like I was entering a new season in my spiritual life. So, when the women’s prayer group for Nocatee started, it fell right in place with what God was doing in my personal life.

A few weeks passed after the initial prayer meeting and I felt like God had been giving me some ideas about what we could do next. I started to ask around about the next meeting and quickly found out that there were no subsequent meetings planned. My heart sank. I prayed about it and felt like God was calling me to organize another meeting. I spoke with Christy Price and Jill Darkatsh about my ideas and found out that there had been prayers in the women’s ministry for God to call someone to take over organizing future prayer meetings. At first I just wanted to share my ideas, but God had bigger plans (as he usually does). It became clear that I needed to do this.

Fast forward another few weeks and the second prayer meeting is on the calendar! I have to admit I never saw myself doing something like this and I have asked God, “Why me?” on more than one occasion. I am not the most experienced in planning gatherings, nor am I the most eloquent speaker or the most dynamic prayer warrior. I am just trying to be obedient and I will let God fill in the gaps. There will be many gaps, but that is what is so great about our God. He doesn’t call the equipped, he equips the called.

If you would like to join us for our next gathering (June 30th), please email me at


{This post was written by Michelle Arguello.  Michelle recently traded in her investment banking job to be a stay-at-home mom. She felt like God was calling her to be a better steward of her home and family. Through that life altering decision her priorities have shifted and she is striving to use her God given talents and abilities to make Him known and be a blessing in the lives of others.}

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